Gut Rumbles

March 12, 2005

non abortions

Here are some movies that were just as good (if not better) than the book:

1) Lonesome Dove. Yeah, I know that it was a TV mini-series, but it was powerful and it followed the book fairly closely. Robert Duvall and Tommie Lee Jones were fantastic as Gus and Woodrow. I've watched the whole thing five times now and I'm still not tired of it.

2) Carrie. The ONLY Stephen King book that ever turned out worth a shit as a movie.

3) Forrest Gump. Read the book. You'll see what I mean.

4) The Exorcist. That movie gets my vote for the most terrifying experience I ever had in a movie theater. I stayed so clenched-up during that show that I felt as if I had been physically WHIPPED when I left the theater. That movie was better than the book.

5) Deliverance. The movie left out Dickey's existential blathering but stayed pretty well on track with the story. The casting was excellent, too. Plus, it added a couple of interesting lines to standard American English. "Boy, you got a pretty mouth" and "Squeal like a PIG!"

You don't find many non-abortions coming out of Hollywood, but they do exist.


I thought Forrest Gump was crap all around, in print and on film. I never liked the meme that equates weak minds with moral superiority. It isn't true and it oughtn't to be, either.

Posted by: Brett on March 12, 2005 05:18 PM

First Blood,it was a much better movie then a book,and was alot more sympathetic to the main character then the book.(I'm not saying it was a great movie,just better then the source)

Posted by: big al on March 12, 2005 05:22 PM


I think you completely missed the point of Forrest Gump....

Posted by: rightisright on March 12, 2005 05:36 PM

The Longest Day was not a work of fiction but both the movie and book were excellent. I've read the book twice and have seen the movie a dozen times. It's hard to say which I enjoyed more.

Posted by: CitadelGrad on March 12, 2005 05:46 PM

I would add The Shining to the list of Stephen King movies that were good.

Posted by: Beck on March 12, 2005 06:33 PM

"Carrie. The ONLY Stephen King book that ever turned out worth a shit as a movie."

I hope you ain't disrespectin' the Shawshank Redemption, boy.

Posted by: sortapundit on March 12, 2005 06:41 PM

I thought that Clockwork Orange came out pretty close to the book and was good as well.

Posted by: dick on March 12, 2005 07:49 PM

Carrie, Shawshank, and Stand by Me are the only ones that were any good. Revising my previous statement.

Posted by: caltechgirl on March 12, 2005 11:07 PM

I thought Shawshank, the Green Mile, and The Stand were great Stephen King films.

I went to college with his bulldike femnazi daughter. She was nasty.

Posted by: Gordon the Magnificent on March 12, 2005 11:59 PM

Clockwork Orange, the movie, was a pretty good movie, but the meaning of the whole thing was changed by leaving the true ending out. The movie ends with him getting cured(uncured?) and an evil leer on his face, but the book goes on to a completely different ending and meaning to be derived from the whole. At least, that's the way I feel.

Posted by: Walrilla on March 13, 2005 03:00 AM

Where Eagles Dare. Alaistair MacLean wrote the screenplay and novel at the same time. Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood were inspired casting. The drawing room scene where characters seem to shift sides-repeatedly; the whole arcane plot not clear until the final scene. The dialogue is vintage MacLean at the height of his powers.
The Guns of Navarone is another MacLean that made a good transition, though IMHO it isn't as gripping as Where Eagles Dare.

Posted by: Sigfried on March 13, 2005 04:07 AM

Rightisright, I KNOW Brett missed the point of Forrest Gump.
*shakes head sadly*

True, the book was a pain right in the eyeballs to read, but the movie?
The movie was great!
In fact, I think I'll watch it right now.... just for Brett.

Oh yeah and I also like M*A*S*H, the movie and the TV series, better than the book.
And, I like the TV series better than the movie... lol.

However, both the book and the HBO special "Dear America: Letters Home From Viet Nam" rip my heart out and reduce me to tears....

Posted by: Stevie on March 13, 2005 07:52 AM

I didn't miss the point of Forrest Gump at all! Its fans were simply taken in.

Posted by: Brett on March 13, 2005 10:20 AM

I'm with Brett on Gump. The Stand was much better in print. The Godfather flick was good, but Luca Brazi did not scare me like he did in the book.

Posted by: Ivan Ivanovich on March 14, 2005 06:40 AM

The Illustrated Man was better than the book, IMO. Liked Forest Gump a lot better when it was called Zelig.

Posted by: Dave Munger on March 14, 2005 12:52 PM
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